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10 Top Shop Tips

10 Top Shop Tips

Here are a few of our favorite tips for building, staying organized and making the most out of everyday items. What are some of your go-to tips and tricks? Share them in the comments section!   Head over Heels When it comes to mixing and applying epoxy glue, you can do the job much quicker […]
Soldering Wire Landing Gear — The easy way!

Soldering Wire Landing Gear — The easy way!

While building sport airplanes from kits, often the airplane will have landing gear made from formed and bent music wire that you will have to solder together. For Fun Fly airplanes like the Florio Flyer 60, the music wire are a little extra long to provide plenty of ground clearance for the propeller, very important […]
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Easy Workshop Tips

Easy Workshop Tips

These tips may not change your life, but they may make building and flying RC planes a little easier! Have a tip of your own to share? Send it to us at MAN@airage.com.   Hatch Leash A great way to ensure your canopy arrives attached to your plane, rather than flying off one way and […]
Workshop Tips — Install a Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

Workshop Tips — Install a Dummy WW1 Rotary Engine

When it comes to really looking scale, it’s in the details that we make the most progress in giving our model’s that “used” look. For my Balsa USA Fokker Triplane, I wanted to bring a better scale look to the front end so I  installed a resin cast Oberusel rotary engine available from Nick Ziroli […]
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How to: Repair a Vertical Stabilizer & Rudder

How to: Repair a Vertical Stabilizer & Rudder

I’d like to present this article as one more example of how doing repairs to your favorite warbird can be done if you take it one step at a time, and “eat the elephant in bites” rather than fretting over the entire sad picture. I will also say it was a privilege to work on […]
5 Budget Tips & Tricks

5 Budget Tips & Tricks

These five easy tips are sure to make your modeling life easier, and they don’t cost a dime! TIE UP THOSE LOOSE ENDS If one of your model’s control servo connectors become unplugged during flight, at best, you’re going to have a really tough time getting it back on the ground in one piece. At worst, […]
Easy RV-4 Makeover

Easy RV-4 Makeover

Longtime MAN contributor Carl Layden wanted a plane that would stand out on the flightline, but he didn’t have the time to custom-build a model from scratch. His solution was to dress up an ARF and make it a unique flyer. Here’s his story. If you have been around the hobby for a long time, […]
Install a Smoke System

Install a Smoke System

At full-scale and RC airshows alike, watching aerobatic aircraft equipped with smoke systems adds greatly to the appeal for both spectators and pilots. Experienced pilots will make the aircraft all but disappear within the smoke during torque rolls, tail slides, and so forth. Simply put, SMOKE is a pure attention-grabber! I recently decided to upgrade […]
5 Ways to Dress Up Your Cockpit

5 Ways to Dress Up Your Cockpit

With so many great-looking scale model ARFs to choose from today, one of the neatest ways you can make your particular Pitts Special or P-51 Mustang stand apart from the rest is to install a great-looking instrument panel for your pilot figure to look at. (You did install a scale pilot figure, didn’t you?) There’s […]
A Metal Finish Made Easy

A Metal Finish Made Easy

I can hear it now, “Oh great, not another Mustang,” from readers everywhere!  Truth be known, I found myself saying the exact same thing at almost every Warbird event I attended, despite the fact that I actually like the Mustang as an aircraft. When this sleek American airframe was outfitted with the British Rolls-Royce Merlin, it […]
Cheap and Easy Shop Tips

Cheap and Easy Shop Tips

We never met a workshop tip we didn’t like! Here are a few helpful tricks from the archives. If you have a tip you’d like to share, add it in the comments!   BOX REMIX One organizational aid I use in my shop is a system for keeping unused servo arms matched to the servos […]
Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

Easy Engine Testing — Keeping it Cheap and Safe!

When ever I test run and adjust a new engine, I prefer to set it up on a sturdy test stand/table instead of on the model airplane. Here is my Zenoah GT-80, 80cc twin-cylinder gasoline engine for my Fokker Triplane that I am test running. Fuel tank (and smoke oil tank) are installed and the throttle […]
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